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Summit soccer shuts out Fairview, advances to region final

The Summit Spartans soccer team continues its school-record breaking season by beating Fairview 3-0 in the region semifinal game May 14.

After winning its first district championship last week, Summit will battle for the region championship Thursday.

Austin Gwinn scored two goals with the first coming in the 20th minute of the opening half and the game-clinching goal with under four minutes remaining in the match. Both of Gwinn’s goals came on free kicks, which has become a normality for this Summit team.

“Austin works on (free kicks) every day at practice,” coach Kris Schneider said. “We had a set play at the beginning of the year and it just didn’t go how we wanted it, so I just said ‘alright just take a shot’ and it has worked out well for him.”

Summit’s second goal of the game came with 20 minutes left in the second half by the opportunistic Will Bagley.

“That was just a deflection off the goalkeeper, another one of our players and again he was in the right place at the right time,” Schneider said.

Bagley appeared in his second game of the season due to eligibility reasons after transferring. In the Spartans’ last two games Bagley and Gwinn each have three of the team’s seven goals.

The game was never in real jeopardy for the Spartans as they controlled ball possession for the majority of the game. Bagley and Gwinn controlled the midfield and constantly set up good chances for forward Bret Thomas and others.

“Possession is something that we have worked on from the beginning of the season,” Schneider said. “We had okay possession but had some bad bounces. Our possession can be better.”

Some of the bad bounces could be attributed to the whipping wind that constantly gave both teams problems throughout the game.

“I think in the first half we didn’t compensate for (the wind) very well,” Schneider said. “We were sending balls too long and the wind was taking them. I think it did have an effect. We didn’t play it to our advantage.”

The region championship game is set to play Thursday against Giles County, who beat Page 2-0 Tuesday night. Giles County beat Fairview last week 2-1 to win the District 12 A/AA championship.


Posted on: 5/15/2013

 
 

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